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tonight on "world news," fire fight. how can something that looks so bad be the hope in the gulf? also, the ceo of bp steps aside from the u.s. oil spill. and the man who will be handing out the money talks to us. twister terror. the story of one man's sacrifice to spare others. pasta per rell. a giant recall of spaghettios. the meatballs were undercooked. >> megamosque. do muslims have a right to build a center in a tennessee town? dad's devotion. on this 100th anniversary of father's day. good evening.
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two personalities at the top of the news from the gulf tonight. take another look at this man, tony hayward. you may not see him a lot soon. bp announced the ceo will no longer be in charge of the company's response to the spill. but someone else has arrived on scene. kenneth feinberg. the white house put him in charge of giving out bp's money, and feinberg signaled to us today, there is a new kind of sheriff in town. sharyn alfonsi has the interview. >> reporter: we caught up with feinberg outside the state capitol in baton rouge. we're eight weeks in, 12% of claims filed. >> that is why i'm here. >> reporter: he says the president sent him to the gulf to get the money flowing, to people like dan, a deckhand. he filed his claim with bp a month ago. have you received any checks from bp? >> no. >> reporter: not one check? >> no. >> reporter: now, he can't afford his car. his wife walks to work. what would you say to those
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people? >> i'm here to get them paid immediately. >> reporter: a week, a month -- >> a matter of days. >> reporter: but there's another problem. the amount of those checks. >> there's a lot of oiled birds out there. >> reporter: dave, a charter fishing captain, told us he's lost more than $40,000 already. his check from bp, a mere $5,000. we're hering that the average claim from bp is $3,000. do you expect that number to go up? >> very much higher. >> reporter: another concern? exactly who will be paid. so, if you're a waitress who worked somewhere they ran fishing charters and they've seen business not coming in, should you file a claim? >> absolutely. >> reporter: it's going to ripple all the way down? >> correct. >> reporter: bp says it hasn't denied any claims, but at a center in mobile today -- >> they are going to make it as hard as they can. >> reporter: we watched workers turned air way, told they didn't have the right paperwork. they are asking for bank statements, boat registration, tax returns for three years. that goes into katrina.
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is there anything you can do to cut through that? >> absolutely. for emergency immediate payments -- >> reporter: you should haven't to show this? >> we will be accelerating the processing of those claims without all of that corroboration. >> reporter: watermen unable to make their money on the gulf, looking for help to navigate a sea of red tape. sharyn alfonsi, abc news. >> and one man promising action in the gulf. out in the waters of the gulf today, our david muir was the only reporter to fly with the coast guard to the site of the rig explosion. what he saw looks like a fiery scene from hell, but it turns out that fire is the hope. david? >> reporter: diane, good evening to you. we landed just a short time ago after traveling out to the site of the deepwater horizon, and what we saw late today were flames as dramatic as the night of that explosion. this time, though, a good sign. 50 miles off louisiana shore, three giant plumes of smoke, and
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it is actually a welcome site. they are now burning the oil, something they could not do in the exxon valdez spill because it was so close to shore. now, there are rings of fire in the gulf. >> right side or off the left side. >> reporter: this is the closest the coast guard captain has been to these fires, and he brought us with him. >> we're talking tens of thousands of barrels of oil. >> reporter: 125,000 barrels have been burned so far at the site where the deepwater horizon sank, where two tankers are collected oil. and we asked about the ocean skimmers that we saw, able to scoop up 8,000 barrels of oil a day. >> looking at norway, france, spain, some other european areas to getting the skimmers on the scene. >> reporter: a lot of folks have asked, why now? why not earlier? >> well, one of the challenges we have is that regulatory -- >> reporter: federal regulations standing in the way. the coast guard must use american vessels. you had to waiver regulations to
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do that? >> we had to work with the president and admiral allen to get the waiver. >> reporter: they ran into the same law during katrina. it took a week then to get around it. the international skimmers will be here in july. and the vacuum barges, supposed to be sucking up the oil, ordered docked? hundreds of you wrote in. "the main problem with this is the red tape. ""the frad bureaucracy at its finest." this captain made the call. when you hear the frustrated governors talking about boom that ends up in another state or vacuum barges that don't get out there, do you understand their frustration? >> everybody's frustrated. the real reason is safety. absolutely, we don't want -- my number one goal is to make sure we get nobody hurt. >> david, is that captain aware of the thousands and thousands of people up in arms because of the decision? >> reporter: yeah, he is aware of it, diane. but he said he has to put the safety of the people on the vacuum barges first.
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but it is really emblematic of the decision-making process here, and i did ask mihm, is there anything he could be doing better, and he said, i could be doing better, but we could all be doing better. >> well, david, we have be o been asking another question of the coast guard. we promised to get an answer to the simple question, how much coastline has been hit by oil? we ask admiral thad allen today, he's in charge of the cleanup. >> we'll put out a statement later on this morning that gives you the actual coastline impact and the assumptions that are associated with that. >> well, for another day, we waited for the statement and it never arrived. we decided to go state by state. we asked the coast guard commander nor louisiana for instance, who says he counts 187 miles of shore hit in that state alone. but the joint information command there told us only 34 miles in louisiana are currently impacted. so, you get the picture, how
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confusing it continues to be. we will keep asking until we get you an answer. and, in the upper midwest today, residents were trying to piece together shattered homes, after a swarm of tornadoes, 62 twisters reported in north dakota, iowa and minnesota. three people were killed. and one story took eric horng to minnesota. >> look at all the debris in the air! oh, my god. >> reporter: the violent weather turned towns into disaster zones, sending thousands scrambling for cover. the spate of twisters toppled trees and knocked out power to thousands. heidi michaels likely would have died if it weren't for her father. >> he saved me. >> reporter: heidi was working here and her father's gas station, giving him a day off on his 58th birthday. but when he heard the storm warnings, he rushed to be with
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hay dee. >> he had already saved me, because he was -- he had been behind me and he was covering me. >> reporter: he shielded heidi from the swirling debris, giving his life to save his daughter. >> he is the biggest hero, and i love him so much for doing that. >> reporter: the tornado that killed him was one of three dozen that tore across minnesota. today, stunned residents went through their shattered homes. >> i don't see people broken. these people have great resolve and they will work back again. we will rebuild. we need to repair, heal and rebuild. >> reporter: for heidi and her family. that's for later. on this father's day weekend, her dad is all she can think of. >> that was just the guy he was and he loved us so much. >> reporter: here in the hard-hit town of wadena, a quarter of the buildings were
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damaged or destroyed. no one in this community was killed. tornado sirens gave people plenty of warning. diane? >> eric, thanks so much. 16 months ago, president obama said his stimulus plan would create 3.5 million sgrjoby 2010. well, today, president obama traveled to ohio to say that goal is on track. but back in washington, congress is in a kind of duel about more money for people who can't get work. jake tapper is at the white house. >> reporter: in ohio today, president obama heralded the 300 new construction jobs here, the 10,000th job launched by the stimulus bill. >> as my friend joe biden, who has done a great job overseeing the recovery act, would say, this is a big deal. >> reporter: the first stimulus projects launched in february 2009 was to replace a
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depression-era bridge in missouri. the state says the project has provided 240 jobs, and should be complete by october. the congressional budget office says of march, the stimulus bill created anywhere from 1.2 million to 2.8 million jobs. but the ugly reality is that 15 million americans replain unemployed. >> still too many people across the country that can't find work. >> reporter: the president has so far failed to convince congress to pass unemployment insurance extensions for americans such as tall zander flener, an i.t. consultant laid off in october 2008. he's one of 1.2 million americans who will lose unemployment insurance at the end of this month. >> we want to believe we're as important as the individuals on wall street that were bailed out properly. >> reporter: flener may soon find himself in the same boat as kathy eastman, a mortgage broken unemployed for over go years, who we met today in jefferson city, missouri.
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>> i can't give up. you just -- it's -- you just find it. you just have hope. you just have to keep having hope. >> reporter: and diane, the reason unemployment insurance extension has not passed congress is because congress cannot agree on how to fund it or whether to fund it. right now, in appears to be zero appetite for new spending programs on capitol hill, even spending programs to help the uninsured. >> a lot of people in the balance here. by the way, jake will have an exclusive interview on sunday with the white house chief of staff, rahm emanuel. the gulf and the economy, jobs, too, will be among the topics. and, another hot topic, an update on arizona's new anti-immigration law. a lot of reaction to a statement by secretary of state hillary clinton, who said the obama administration will sue that state of arizona. sources tell abc news that the justice department is nearly
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done reviewing the law and barring anything unforeseen, is all but certain to take arizona to court in the next few weeks. and still ahead on "world news," some people in tennessee say they do not want a muslim mosque in their town. who is right? at the world cup, what did the coach say at halftime that rallied the u.s. to survive? and, what is the best gift your father gave you? sometimes life can be, well, but when it's hard or hurts to go to the bathroom,,/ there's dulcolax stool softener. dulcolax stool softener doesn')t make you go... dulcolax stool softener. easier to go./ make yourself comfortable. i'm a rashaky!indstorm. shaky! shaky! shaky! [ laughs ] ♪ ♪
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it is neighbor against neighbor tonight, a kind of religious duel in the middle of tennessee. a group of muslims want to build a 52,000 square foot mega mosque. the townspeople say no way. here's steve osunsami. >> reporter: they are furious that their county government is saying yes to a new islam ibl center. >> i'm sorry. but they seem to be against everything i believe in. so, i don't want them necessarily in my neighborhood. >> our country was founded through the founding fathers, through the true god, the father in jesus christ. >> reporter: last night, more than 600 people jammed a lobby and a county board room saying, quite openly, they don't want to live next to muslims. >> i would encourage contractors to boycott it. i would encourage the boycott of any contractor associated with the project.
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>> reporter: it hasn't helped that the project is massive, more than 15 acres with several hundred parking spaces, a large cemetery, a pond, a soccer field, a 12,000 square foot play ground and two huge pavilions that are larger than the average home. >> it is not a huge mosque as they are saying. >> reporter: the leader behind it says he's well within the law. he says his 250 families have been living and worshipping quietly in the town for years and now need to expand. >> we have to move. >> reporter: islamic organizations say the open hostility against them is never ending. last month, near ground zero, they opposed a mosque there. and neighbors stopped a project cold. >> there's prejudice. fa fearing the unknown. this community is not well presented or perceived in the general public. >> reporter: the muslims in tennessee now need a few hundred thousand dollars in financing. their neighbors are promising to stand in the way.
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steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta. and we want to know what you think. should muslims be allowed to build in the neighborhoods of their choosing? tell us what you think at abcnews.com. coming up, the u.s. coach gets an early father's day present at the world cup. 0 men and women for whom straight stitches and clean welds were matters of personal pride. they made the skyscrapers and the cotton gins. colt revolvers, jeep 4 x 4's. these things make us who we are. as a people, we do well when we make good things and not so well when we don't. the good new is, this can be put right. we just have to do it. and so we did. ♪ this, our newest son, was imagined, drawn, carved, stamped, hewn and forged here in america. it is well made and it is designed to work.
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new meaning tonight to that ad phrase, "uh oh spaghettios." a huge recall by the maker. millions of containers being
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recalled because the meat might have been undercooked, and that risks botulism. and fdaed a risery panel said no today to the pill dubbed the female viagra. it's designed to increase a woman's sexual desire, but the panel said there is no proof the pill is sufficiently effective, and the side effects are concerning. they include fatigue and depression. and next, the u.s. holds on, in a world cup thriller today, despite a call that had everyone wishing for instant replay. what happened? john berman is in johannesburg. >> reporter: for the united states, it looked grim. bleak. bad. >> oh, he scored. >> reporter: down one goal. then down two. >> and that's 2-0. >> reporter: against slovenia. the smallest nation with the smallest population at the world cup. >> very bad news for the united states. >> reporter: so, heading into the locker room, staring at possible international humiliation, what did they say to each other? >> basically said, if we don't
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believe we can do it, let's not go back out. >> reporter: they did believe. landon donovan scores first. >> what a goal! >> reporter: then, michael bradley ties the game. >> the comeback kings strike again! michael bradley, for the usa! >> reporter: an early father's day present. >> what a moment. >> reporter: for his father, coach bob bradley. >> a credit to the fact that, you know, they're going to fight for 90 minutes. >> reporter: it actually looked like the u.s. went ahead on this free kick, but the ref called it back because of a mystery foul. look again. it appears it is the u.s. players being mauled. the ref never explained the call. still, the tie means we stay alive. needless to say, there's some american fans here who are a little nervous during halftime who are much happier right about now. >> usa! >> reporter: john berman, abc news, joe thanners in berg. and tonight, an update. we told you last night that
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arizona planned to spend $1.25 million of federal money to build a special bridge for endangered squirrels who needed to cross the road. well, after our report, the state said the project, modeled on an australian bridge, is off. and the money will be returned to washington. up next, what's the best to washington. up next, what's the best thing your dad ever did for you? since we were two. s we've always been alike. we even both have osteoporosis. but we're active, especially when we vacation. so when i heard about reclast, the only once-a-year iv osteoporosis treatment, i called joni. my doctor said reclast helps re-strengththen our bones to help make them resistant to fracte for twelve whole months. and reclast is approved to help protect from fracture in more places: hips, spine, even other bones. (announcer) you should not take reclast if you're on zometa, have low blood calcium, kidney problems. or you're pregnant, plan to become pregnant or nursing. take calcium and vitamin d daily. tell your doctor if you develop severe muscle,
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and finally tonight, all the men who are our "persons of the week." on sunday, dads will open up their ties and barbecue tools and hand made cards. it's the 100th anniversary of father's day. but every child knows a great father is pretty much with you every day of your life. >> my father -- >> my dad. >> my dad. >> my father. >> dad. >> my dad -- >> well, he's unlike any other dad. >> reporter: what does it mean to be a father? >> he'd tell new a heart beat he'd drop anything for family. >> my father and i would have a date for the afternoon, just the two of us. >> my middle child has 200 words she says, and i'm the only person that knows what 160 of them are. >> you realize a love you never
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thought possible. >> when he kind of leans his head on my shoulder, pats my back -- there's something so incredibly rewarding about that. >> you ready, buddy? hold my hand. >> reporter: we ride on his should earls and dance on his toes. he holds our hand for our first step and our arm as we walk down the aisle. and he picks us up if we fall off or bikes, at any age. letting us make mistakes so we learn how to fix them. >> great start. >> reporter: it's imbedded in our culture. a man of the house with few words. but infinite love. >> dad makes us nosal jim for simpler times. when we think about gold old dad outside on the back lawn playing with us, that's something really to long for. >> reporter: and you can see it everywhere, even in nature. male monkeys use their offspring to bond with other males, as if your dad carried you along to show you off at bowling night.
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and if you have to fly high, is there any safer place than right on daddy's back? we were there at roosevelt hospital in new york when these new fathers held their newborns for the very first time. >> it was an amazing feeling, just being in the o.r. with her, and when the doctor raised her up, it was just breathless. >> just giving him everything that i never had. every opportunity that i never had. the best part about being a dad is this, i mean, it's -- it's being able to see someone who kind of -- who you helped create. >> reporter: every one of us, at every age, still, our father's child. >> you know your father is there for you. >> he can always make me feel better after something's gone wrong. >> helps me if i have a problem. >> caring. loving. >> dad, i love you. i think about you all the time.
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>> he is everything that a father should be and more. >> our thank you to all the fathers. happy father's day. that's "world news" for this friday. david muir will be here tomorrow night. have a wonderful weekend. we'll see you monday. good night. [ male announcer ] are you watching cable? here's what you should be watching: your cable bill, because you could be paying way too much. stop spending more for second best.
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